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Pushing the door fully open

How a challenging year strengthened and uplifted the Indigenous literary community

THIS YEAR HAS been a challenging and inspiring one for Indigenous writers. When I look back on 2017, I see incredible accomplishments, opportunities, and movements to create, recreate, and reclaim. There are signs we’ve finally punched through to the light – after generations of writers working to hold space and create opportunities for Indigenous literatures; after decades of standing against those who spoke over us, about us, misrepresented us, and stole our stories as their own; after always resisting those who told us that our stories were simplistic, that readers were not interested, that our artistic and literary traditions needed to be abandoned, or edited and rewritten to conform to western canons, and that our stories and our cultures were only legitimized through the lens provided by non- Indigenous writers and editors.

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